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According to report, Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers believes there are some positives to pick from the club’s unexpected Europa League exit in Russian last night.
The Scottish Premier League leaders were unable to create many chances against Zenit St Petersburg, as they were humiliated 3-0, a second leg defeat that made their 1-0 victory in Glasgow last week amount to nothing.
Success in European competitions has been ebbing out for Scottish clubs in recent years, and with Celtic the leading club in the country, this doesn’t help the country’s present image in comparison to some other notable nations in the competition.
“There is still an awful lot of work for us to do but, when I take a step back, there have been a lot of positives for us in Europe this season.” said Rodgers.
“We have played very well in some games, shown some great qualities. Of course, we are up against the best of the best, so there is a lot of learning taking place.”
Rodgers’ positivity in the face of disappointment is commendable and could ignite the hope of Celtic Park faithful or on the other hand, could be one of their greatest frustrations.
This mentality has been something that has trailed the Northern Irishman’s career for a while now, with many believing that he has skated by both at Celtic and Liverpool on the back of great players and a weak division.
Of course, when reviewing that, you have to question how much pull Rodgers is going to have moving forward in terms of improving Celtic’s prospect in European competition. Undoubtedly, the club will attract domestic players, but aside that, high-level prospect will snub moving to Parkhead when presented with the opportunity to play down south in England.
Their often early starts to the season with qualification is probably to their disadvantage in the grand scheme of things, but for now, their attention must turn back to the league as they attempt to defend their title.